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SMART road closures coming to Petaluma

SMART rail work will force the closure of a couple of Petaluma streets in the next week. From 6 a.m. Tuesday to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Payran Street will be closed at the tracks. From 6 a.m. next Tuesday to 6 p.m. the following Thursday (Oct. 4), East Washington Street will be closed at the tracks. The closures are part of the rail district’s upgrade of the tracks through Sonoma County. Crews are tearing out old crossings and putting in new… Read More »

Petaluma warns of SMART road closures

There’s a train coming, and Petaluma is trying to get the word out that the related construction next month will shut several streets at rail crossings. “It’ll be a bit of a mess. People will find a way (around it), they will have to, ” said Petaluma Police Sgt. Ken Savano. The tentative schedule, according to police, for the SMART train work calls for closure at the tracks of: –Corona Road, Sept, 11 to 13. –Payran Street, Sept. 18 to… Read More »

Main Petaluma street partially closed for several days

NOTE: This report has been updated to reflect that the closure initially planned for Wednesday was delayed until Thursday. Petaluma’s main east-west street will be partially closed this week and next week because construction crews are replacing a water main. City officials said westbound East Washington Street will be blocked between Ellis and Payran streets Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday. Eastbound lanes will remain open. The similar closure will be in effect 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Police suggest westbound… Read More »

Petaluma traffic warning

If you’re driving in Petaluma, avoid going west on East Washington Street for the next four days. It’s a mess. A project replacing a water main on East Washington has forced the daytime closure of both westbound lanes and prompted a detour for westbound traffic: North on Payran Street, then west on Madison Street and south on Wilson Street, which takes you back to East Washington. An alternate detour is to go south on Payran to D Street, then west… Read More »